A slew of school participated
in the St. Monica Tournament. The Mariners didn’t place in the top three of the
tournament, but nonetheless came through on the final day with a 64-54 win
St. Monica was led by Kavin Dotson with 17 points and Spencer
Gorman with 13. Hamilton was led by Jordan Baldridge with 18 points and Jared
Rogers with 11.
An early lead enabled St.
Monica to go into halftime clinging to a 26-16 lead. St. Monica led after the first quarter,
15-9 with Kavin Dotson scoring seven points in the period. St. Monica extended
its lead to 26-16 at intermission.
St. Monica threatened
to blow it open midway through the third quarter but made a few costly turnovers
that led to Hamilton getting hot with a bunch of 3-pointers, allowing them to
close the gap to eight points at the end of the period, making the score 50-42.
The Mariners and
Hamilton pretty much traded baskets in the fourth quarter, leading to a final
Dennis Ashley, a first
team all-Camino Real League player last year, finally started to hit some shots
after a tough start to the season. He finished with 11 points, including connecting
on three 3-pointers in the second half. 7’2 Center Xiang Yu Meng
contributed 9 points and six rebounds.
Oak Park wound up
winning the tournament, defeating Newbury Park 59-56 in the finale. Oak Park
was led by Michael Alvarez with 22 points. Newbury Park was led by Tyler
Cartaino, who finished the game with 28 points. Oak Park led 28-25 at halftime
of the championship game. The Oak Park-Newbury Park championship game was a
tight, well-played contest throughout.
The day’s high scorers
belonged to University’s CJ Sinada, Verbum Dei’s Nick Spates and Newbury Park’s
Tyler Cartaino. Each player lit up the scoreboard with 28 points in their
As far as all-tournament
selection goes, St. Monica was represented on the first team by Kavin Dotson.
Spencer Gorman made the all-tourney honorable mention team.
Michael Alvarez and
Cole Micek of Oak Park shared the tournament’s co-MVP honors. Darnell Bettis
(University), Kevin Russell (Newbury Park) and Tyler Cartaino (Newbury Park),
were also selected to the all-tournament team.
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